Premier Inn Carlisle - M6, Jct 44
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This weekend I crossed an item off my bucket list that has been there for quite a while - to visit the Lake District and more specifically Beatrix Potter's house.
I love the Beatrix potter stories, I have the tv show and movie on DVD. The sweeping landscape views in both sets have inspired me immensely to visit the area. There are two train stations accessible in the district from London, I chose to arrive at Windermere, one ofthe ...
... the previous castle built 200 metres away,) and enlarged in 1635, it was sacked by Protestants in the later 1600s and left to rot. Almost no-one else there, a very informative ticket seller to fill in the history, we had a great time. Brilliant sunny day too. We were so lucky. We also looked at the foundations of the first castle.
Then drove back along the shore of Solway Firth to another farm camp. Distant echoes of fireworks, this being Guy Fawkes ...
... Edinburgh. It doesn't, preferring to head through Newcastle city itself. This means we don't get the thrill of passing the Metrocentre shopping mall (I'm joking!) but we do get to cross the Tyne on the proper Tyne Bridge. With some desperate last-minute fumbling I manage to turn on the windscreen-mounted GoPro and record us crossing the river. Even on the other side the satnav keeps us away from the A1, taking a more direct route to Scotland straight across the centre of empty centre ...
... bigger in real life than it does on the internet. Dinner in a pub and an early night ready for the next day. --- The morning of the climb was clear. There were clouds just touching the very top of Skiddaw but I was hoping they would burn off by the time I got up to the top. Setting off around 9am it was an easy walk out of the town to find the trail that would take me up to the car park where most others start from. The way was steep and muddy due to the forestry works ...
... were massive, manpower was virtually limitless and monumental building projects were the mark of an emperor’s greatness, Hadrian set his idle armies in the west to building the wall. (Parts of those same armies were fighting like madmen against the Persians in the east, but it was all quiet on the western front. Yuk, yuk.)
(I can’t resist this aside: If you think the west fighting the east, Europe fighting Arabs and Persians (Iran) began just ...